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Throwback Motor Lodge
What They Are about
Originally built in the 1960’s, The Starlite Motel has been a roadside mainstay in the Hudson Valley and Catskills region.
Its neon sign captures the spirit of the golden era of motels in America, where each traveler to a region could anticipate a pleasant and relaxing experience, unique in style and character. As post-war tourism to the region was replaced by affordable airline travel, motels like The Starlite saw a drop in business, but retained a faithful clientele, nonetheless. Much
of this had to do with the succession of ownership and a personal touch to hospitality. In addition to this, The Starlite Motel is nestled in close proximity to many of the draws of the Hudson Valley region: apple picking, cross country skiing, rock climbing, hiking, Minnewaska State Park, Mohonk Preserve, and Sam’s Point.
The most recent owner, Hildegard Simcik, decided it was time to sell the motel at the very moment its current owners and longtime Kerhonkson residents were looking for just such an opportunity. Alix Umen- a 30+ year veteran of design and fashion, partnered with artist Adriana Farmiga, and Gwen Hill- an arts professional with decades of experience in managing a private art collection, to purchase the motel. The three have traveled the world over together, always with an eye on and appreciation for quality experiences in hospitality. Meeting Hildegard and earning her trust to carry The Starlite into the 21st century was a dream come true. The rest will be history!
Focusing on a site-specific hospitality adventure, The Starlite Motel will feature a custom blend of organic bath and body products which provide a maximum aromatherapy experience. These were lovingly developed with Michelle Gagnon of MKG Bio Alchemy, who distills and archives oils from nature around the globe. Artwork in the rooms and outdoors will
focus on local artists and designers with close ties to the region: Milton Carter, Jeffrey Gibson, Hope Gangloff, Benjamin Degen, and Adriana Farmiga, to name a few